Shark Pants | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mar02x on 09-26-2011

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Ratings:
118
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded amber orange with 3 fingers worth of fluffy tan head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a complete wall of lace coating the entire glass. Around the edges some orange coloration is noted and more of an amber brown towards the middle of the body.

The smell of this brew is not hiding the hops at all. Fruity rinds, citrus, orange, mango, herbs and a bit of resinous pine linger towards the back. All of the hops sit atop a sweetness that is somewhat floral and caramel-like from the grain backing. As more smells are taken, it comes across quite herbal with almost a minty tinge to it mixed with some veggy hop aspects.

The taste very herbal and bitter. The hops take on a bit of green veggy flavoring mixed with herbs and young yeasty notes. Despite the forward flavor and bitterness of the hops, the toasty biscuit grain flavor is still present that provides a minor sweetness almost caramel to toffee-like to offset the bitterness of the brew. The aftertaste is oily with hops, resinous like pine and herbs to the fullest extent. As the brew warms, a bit of solvent alcohol comes out of the woodwork and more of a fruity focus becomes evident.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to high level of carbonation. I see some previous draft reviews call this out as being undercarbonated, I can attest that in the bottle this might be a bit over-done if anything. The 9% alcohol hits with the expected warmth and flavor inclusion throughout this brew. Not the best DIPA I have had, but interesting and worth a try if you get the chance. As advertised, this is probably the most bitter belgian made IPA I have had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeply resiny with restrained "Belgian" character, this battle between malt and hops shine with the best of strong ales done the American crafted way.

Pouring with a muddled yeasty haze, rust coloration, and a well headed cap of creamy yellowish foam, the beer carries a good deal of visual weight despite the heightened carbonation that reminds me of its Belgian roots. The sticky foam both retains and laces remarkably, resembling a mousse more than beer foam.

Strongly aromatic with a depth of malt complexity and certainly enough hop character to rival. Malt richness of toffee, bread crust, and medium kilned barley provide a strong underpinning while the strong hop character of grapefruit and pine do much more than balance the beer- very barley-wine in character, except for the complementary notes of fruit and spice that sing the praises of Belgian ales.

Flavors continue the dialogue of hops and malt with every bit the intensity of American-style barley wines. Tasting somewhat salty and metallic at times with the back and fourth action of malt sweetness and richness with the sharp resiny bitterness of hops. Toffee, sorghum, bread, and yeast buffer against the strong onslaught of white grapefruit pulp and pith, spruce tips, and pine sap for ultimate balance and intrigue. Decorated with the spicy and fruity interplay from yeast continue to complement the flavor spread with accents of aniseed, fennel, pepper, dried cherries, dates, and pineapple. As the beer opens up it seems to deliver wave after wave of flavor that varies with each sip. The descriptor words seem endless.

Very richly textured, the embedded carbonation holds its structure throughout and releases only late in finish with the help of resin dryness from hops and strong alcohol dryness as well.

To find comparable beers, you'll have to turn to Stone's Old Guardian Belgo. But the flavors of malt remind me of imperialistic amber or red ales with the punch of American barley wines and a dash of Belgian carbonation, fruit and spice.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

118th Review
Bottle to Fuller's half-pint tulip
Best before: 30/11/2014

A: Deep copper; hazy. 5+ frothy (khaki) fingernail head on medium pour. I think it' carbonated.

S: Floral/earthy hops, orange peel/lemon zest, pine, and caramel. Smells very sweet.

T: Pronounced malt sweetness upfront with a very nice balance of citrus, pine, cloves, and lemon zest. Hint of vanilla and oak towards the back-end. Hop profile is over-shadowed by the bitterness that is very bold all throughout.

M: Full bodied with loads and loads of carbonation. Very thick.

O: This beer is well put together, but you can definitely tell there are a boat-load of hops (I think it was 300 IBUs) in it. This is not in a bad way, but it is just bitter and in your face all throughout. Drinks more like a barleywine in my opinion because of the sweetness, but a decent beer for sure.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a dark hazy chestnut hue with a massive two finger off white head that fades to leave super thick blankets and side lacing.

S - Aromas of de struisse yeast, caramel, slight citrus, not much hops.

T - Taste is tons of toffee! Soooo much burnt sugar and toffee with a bitter hop finish. Uhh....this is 300 IBU?! Bullshit. Also....this is a Belgian ipa....uhhh OK.

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough with solid carbonation

O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer. Not much bitterness with Ltd of toffee and caramel.

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Photo of GuicYHops
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong IPA didn’t really feel it at first. But about half way in it really took off! Every sip was better and better, strong hop flavor but a tad bitter. Great buz, definitely a night beer, I was ready for a nap! Good not the best, definitely worth a drink!

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Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: I knew this wasn't a standard IPA as soon as I poured it. The color is a dark reddish amber and it's quite cloudy. There is a finger of off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: This one smells like a Belgian Dark Strong ale than an IPA. Very sweet with caramel and some dark fruit. I am getting some hop notes, but there is also a hint of port or another sweet desert wine.

Taste: The hops show up here a bit more, but this is still more like a highly hopped strong ale. Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness along with some bitter hops. There is some warm alcohol along with the sugar and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer was nothing like what I expected. Very sweet yet highly hopped. Quite complex and unlike anything else I can remember. I'd have another.

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Photo of scottDC
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SVD
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Riggsy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfclav for this one, thanks Mike. Shared with rudzud.

Huge fluffy pillowy 1+ finger head, fades slowly with tons of lacing, murky dark mahogany copper thing-like color.

Nose is very Belgian like, funky yeast, De sruisse yeast typical, fruity and nutty, caramel and candy molasses-y aromas, light bready biscuit, etc. Then hops but not as hoppy as I expected for a supposed 300IBU beer, with earthy chewy syrupy hops, candy syrup light nutty thing going on.

Taste fluffy malt, candy sweet flavor, nutty, caramel, toffee, syrupy biscuit toffee like flavor. Then Belgian yeast flavors, Light spices, biscuit, esters, light phenols, candi syrup, etc. Then booze, some warming booze but plenty of phenols and esters, some sweetness. Nutty flavors, stone fruits, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Bitterness is there but not anything like I expected, more like dry bready earthy chewy spicy candy hop flavor with a decent bit not huge bitterness. Eventually, bitterness ramps like crazy, eventually almost ridiculously bitter, spicy earthy chewy hops, but not palate destroying crazy bitter.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, syrupy sticky, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing like I expected, nothing too special, but cool to try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently got my four bottles of this at Geers in Gent. They had crates of this stuff, but bottle limits are becoming more of a reality around here. This is an alarming trend...

From a bottle into a snifter
300 IBUS
Collaboration with FFF. All bottles were done at Struise.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, massive four finger, medium looking, off white head that grows out of the glass initially. Dark rust orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head takes forever to settle down but eventually forms a foamy froth and coats the sides of the glass. A foam cap remains and leaves some chunky lacing down the glass. Out of control head on this one.

SMELL: Nice nose of pale malts, melon, lemon, some grapefruit and floral notes. Very hoppy, with some Belgian yeast notes as well. Big stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and butterscotch sweetness and some flowery notes up front, then moves into a bitter, grapefruit and floral finish. A big, bold and relentless aftertaste with lots of bitterness and a touch of melon and lemony sweetness fighting to balance things out. Light yeast notes add a spicy element into the mix. A little too bitter perhaps, but certainly enough flavor in there.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, which is surprising given the look. Expected it to be thin and over carbonated. Silky smooth on the palate, creamy as well, goes down fine and finishes with a bit of a bite. Slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: The look was a little disappointing, but we can forget that here. This is an extreme beer and the 300 IBUS were definitely there. Very, very bitter, thought there is still plenty of flavor to contemplate as well. I’m not quite sure we need to have such extreme IBUS to be honest, and I would have preferred this one to be toned down slightly, but if you’re into bitterness and more bitterness, this won’t disappoint. Recommended.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: BBD 30 Nov 2014, poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice on 5th Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Evening I had with myself.

Deep amber body: no sediment left the bottle (I think), so it was almost clear in looks with no haze or cloudiness. On top a full and deep head of cream coloured foam.

Intense hop aroma, with a mixed bag of sugared fruit thrown in.

The taste was also hop infested with sweet fruits eating away at the hop flavours, add some caramel and toffee onto the tongue and you are half way there taste wise: interesting brew.

The alcohol is evident but not in a nasty way and the body depth carries it well: I liked this beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Clear pale amber body with some dense tan foam on top. Good retention, spotty lace. Just fine.

S: Sweet fruitiness, with vanilla on top of strawberry, grapes, tangerines, and pineapple. Like some powerful fruit roll-up. I like it.

T: Opens with hoppiness, then quickly transitions into sweet fruitiness. Heavy bitterness on the finish. Ok.

M: Frothy, lively medium body. Nice.

O: This one was way over the top, but in a pretty good way. Awesome label.

Cheers!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Acquired from a Belgian webshop. I've been looking forward to trying this ever since I first heard about it. Great pic on the label!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy reddish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Produces a humongous head of creamy off-white foam that fills the entire glass and subsides slowly. Aroma of aromatic hops and fruity Belgian yeast; notes of oranges, tangy citrus and yeast esters. Less hoppy than might be expected.

Tastes of sweet malt, overlayed with intense aromatic hops and a bitter finish. Notes of citrus and orange peel, followed by dry, fruity yeast esters. A tangy, spicy quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly. Highly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Pretty good - plenty of aromatic hops. Rich and intense, probably the hoppiest Belgian IPA I've tried (which isn't many). The aroma seems subdued; yeast esters dominate and the hop notes don't come across that strongly. However, the flavour is solid. An impressive beer that is well worth your time.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA presented itself boldly with a robust amber or rich copper hue. The head was thick, off white and it laced well.

The scent was primarily caramel malt with some earthy hop and pine. I do catch a grain and cracker scent.

The taste is more malt-centric with the caramel, grain and roast coming out first. The piney hop flavors expose themselves nearer the end of the sip. Not overly complex it's a smooth easy ride with little after taste.

My expectations were high on this but it simply did not live up to them. The hops don't jump out, or create enough diversity to set it apart, but it's still a pretty decent ale.

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a ridiculous four fingers of frothy off-white head. Head lasts forever and completely coats the glass in lacing.

S - Smell is a combination of sweet caramel malt and bitter hops, with a bit of mustiness thrown in. Some citrus and pine hops with a bit of alcohol.

T - While it is definitely bitter, it doesn't scream 300 IBU to me. Up front there is actually quite a bit of sweetness, mostly caramel malt. Orange zest and a touch of pulp, along with some grassy hops and a strong herbal character. Bitterness really starts to come in just before the finish, which is quite dry. Definitely has a barleywine taste to it.

M - Medium, resiny mouthfeel that finishes with a long lingering bitterness.

O - Can't say I've had anything quite like this before. Surprisingly well-balanced for a beer that seems to want to appeal to the bitter-azi. And the label is so great I may need to keep the bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of deep Belgian malt with some caramelized notes and light floral hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some deep caramelized notes with more residual sugar then I had expected with some floral and light piney hoppy notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Overall, this was enjoyable though a bit too sweet for my taste and lacking some floral hoppy notes.

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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
3.94 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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